Drow Themes – Blademaster

Posted: May 16, 2012 in Homemade Material

The Drow Blademaster is an awesome mini, and a great foe in D&D 4e, so here’s my (incomplete) take on it as a theme.

Blade Master
Drow society is, at its heart, a matriachial one, with the men subervent to the matron mothers whims and plans, but all serve under the greater scheme of the drow goddess, the spider queen Lolth. While all drow men are excpeted to serve as guards to the many houses, and as such, all are trained in the use of swords, some males are raised through the ranks and given additional training, becoming blade masters. These rare individuals view the sharpened edges and pointed tips of their dual blades as extensions of themselves, striking swiftly and with precision.

Creating a Blade Master
While most blade masters are found within the ranks of the raiding parties, and militia that defend the noble house from outside attacks and internal squabbles, some are found within the ranks of the arcane users, or from heretics who have fended for themselves in the primal wastelands.
Pre-req Race: Drow

Starting Feature:
Blade Masters are singled out early in the ranks of the drow militia for their ability to wield two weapons effectively. Once selected, they are drilled for months in the tactics, attack postures, and feints needed to turn their dual bladed fighting into a deadly form.
Benefit: You gain the Two-Weapon Fighting feat even if you do not meet its pre-requistives. If you already have this feat, you gain the Two-Weapon Defense feat instead.

Level 5 Feature:
Blade Masters train long and hard to be the best warriors of drow soceity. Vigorous excercise, and the finest diet mean they are at a peak of physical ability, capable of out running, out jumping and out climbing the lesser examples of their race.
Benefit: You gain a +2 bonus to Acrobatics, Athletics and Endurance skill checks.

Level 10 Feature:
The blade master is both an expert with swords and a graceful so it strikes at multiple foes before they have a chance to react.
Benefit: You gain the following encounter power: Whirlwind Flourish

Whirlwind Flourish * Theme Power
“Your movements are so swift that you seem to blur with speed of your motion, striking once, twice, and again with your blades.”
Daily * Martial, Weapon
Standard Action * Melee 1
Requirement: You must be wielding two melee weapons.
Special: You can shift up to 3 squares before making this attack.
Target: One creature
Attack: Your highest ability score vs AC
Hit: 1W + highest ability modifier damage, make a secondary attack with your off-hand weapon.
  Secondary Attack: Your highest ability score vs AC
  Secondary Hit: 1W + highest ability modifier damage.
Effect: You deal 1W damage to the target.
Special: You can shift up to 3 squares after making this attack.
Special: When making an opportunity attack, you can use this power in place of a melee basic attack.

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